Is reality a dream?

Luz76's picture



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To me the Advaita's stand that reality is just a dream and that you can wake up from it is too radical.

Has anyone experienced it? Anyone waked up? Is it the meaning of enlightenment?



eputkonen's picture

Life is a Dream

Yes, life is a dream...this is a direct realization, not book learning or other second-hand knowledge. At times the mind reflects it and it becomes an experience. You could call it being awake or enlightenment.

It can not be understood by the mind and may seem radical, but would not the idea of what you see being a dream and the idea of waking up radical if the thought occurred to you while you were dreaming one night in bed?

That is the power of the mind...it accepts whatever world is seen as reality, even if it is a dream. While in your dreams, the world seems real. It you stub your toe, it hurts. If you are thirst, drinking water quenches your thirst. You see other people and there is a life story. There is something in the mind that has a difficult time questioning the reality of the world it sees.

You could learn to become a lucid dreamer and realize you are dreaming while you are dreaming. Awakening is lucid living.

No different.

Namaste,

~ Eric Putkonen
http://www.awaken2life.org

eputkonen | Fri, 04/11/2008 - 00:14
suzame's picture

How can I experience it?

Hey Eric,

I liked your explanation! Is there a trick to work on experiencing this, even for once?

suzame | Fri, 04/11/2008 - 18:04
eputkonen's picture

Awaken

That would mean awakening.

So first find out who/what you are...for what we normally consider to be ourselves is a false self (a created self image...not reality). In seeing through the illusion of who/what we are and realizing the Self...there is also a recognition of the illusion everything else is as well.

Who/what are you?

Namaste,

~ Eric Putkonen
http://www.awaken2life.org

eputkonen | Fri, 04/11/2008 - 21:02
santthosh kumaar's picture

AWAKENING HAPPENS WHEN THE WISDOM DAWNS

Santthosh
HI ERIC,
AWAKENING HAPPENS WHEN THE WISDOM DAWNS. THE WISDOM DAWNS ONLY WHEN YOU HAVE A YARDSTICK TO KNOW WHAT IS TRUTH AND WHAT IS UNTRUTH OR WHAT IS REAL AND WHAT IS UNREAL?
WITH RESPECT AND REGARDS
SANTTHOSH

santthosh kumaar | Tue, 07/01/2008 - 06:03
santthosh kumaar's picture

MIND ITSELF IS A DREAM

Santthosh
HI ERIC,
THE BIRTH,LIFE AND DEATH HAPPENS WITHIN THE MIND. THE MIND IS AN EXPERIENCE WHATEVER HAPPENS WITH IN THE MIND IS MERE ILLUSION. THUS MIND ITSELF IS AN EXPERIENCE NOT EXPERIENCER.
THEREFORE MIND ITSELF DREAM THE INVISIBLE DREAMER HAS TO BE TRACKED TO KNOW IT IS REALLY A DREAM.
WITH RESPECT AND REGARDS.
SANTTHOSH.

santthosh kumaar | Tue, 07/01/2008 - 05:58
santthosh kumaar's picture

DUAL AND NONDUAL IS THE STATE OF MIND NOT SOME PHILOSOPHY

Santthosh
HI DAVID,

ADVITH OR NON DUALITY IS NOT SOME THEORY OR PHILOSOPHY. DUAL AND NON DUAL IS STATE OF MIND. ONE HAS TO SEARCH WITHIN THE STATE OF MIND TO REALIZE WHAT IS DUAL AND WHAT IS NON DUAL THROUGH DEEPER INQUIRY AND REASONING ON THE TRUE BASE. ONE SHOULD NOT MIX RELIGION AND YOGA OR ANY OTHER THEORIES TO KNOW THE NON DUAL TRUTH OF ONE'S OWN EXISTENCE. REALIZING THE NON DUALITY AS REALITY IS ENLIGHTENMENT. TO REALIZE THE NON DUAL REALITY IN LESSER TIME AND EFFORT FORMLESS SPIRITUALITY IS THE ONLY TOOL.
WITH RESPECT AND REGARDS
SANTTHOSH

santthosh kumaar | Tue, 07/01/2008 - 06:13
Chaitanya's picture

From the root

The word "radical" means "from the root" as in, going back to the original basis from which something grew. From that sense, yes, it is radical!

Chaitanya | Fri, 07/04/2008 - 13:48
Omkaradatta's picture

The dream is the dream

Reality is a dream only when a dream is superimposed on it. Reality is real, of course, but we are normally not in contact with it. Instead, we see it through a net of desires and fears, preferences and choices, likes and dislikes, hopes and anticipations.

Enlightenment is the dissolution of this dream. It is both radical and normal. Radical from the standpoint of 'business as usual', normal from its own standpoint. Really, the usual 'unawake' state of human beings is very bizarre and strange.

It's best not to anticipate what "waking from the dream" would be like, as anything the mind can come up with is automatically *not* it. This has to be accepted, that you cannot imagine or visualize 'awakening', ever: it is the end of all attempts to impose your imagination onto the reality.

http://www.omkaradatta.info

Omkaradatta | Tue, 08/26/2008 - 03:51
dhorai's picture

yes suzane their is a trick!

nay many are the tricks!

maintain thoughtless awareness.........

its enough....

maintain thoughtless awareness thats enough....

go near bulb 100 watts aat that and meditate on its heat ...

1 min 2 min 3min etc ....

this meditation keeps u in track with present.....

i have been getting complaints for last three years badly that suddenly someone has reached a state of mind to childhood from youth....

the cure to time jump sin is bulb meditation in agnya chakra.

another best technique.....
please pay me for that...
place your hand on top of ur head and breath in and out
watch the breathing.....
an excellent technique when done with group has very good results......

with love,
Dhorai.

some incantations.....
pranaya swaha
apanaya swaha
vyanaya swaha
udanaya swaha
samanaya swaha
brahmane swaha
parabrahmane swaha...

this yajna if done in all schools u will see great perfection manifest and u will never go away from reality...

best done with with ghee and sandal sticks...

in pariseshanam....
or eating method of brahmins they leave parabrahmane swaha
lest he gets parabrahman energy and works 24 hours in all happiness.........
this is for all learned teachers to think too....

since i have done the research i give you...
all upanishads all sciences..... have bearing...

remember u were a child with hole in upper brain thios remembrance must take u to advaita but its karma must be greater than all other karmas....

a line bigger than all other lines... to erase the other effects....
dhorai..

all others are highly knowledgeous they may need no guidance...
laugh dhorai.

with love
dhorai.

dhorai | Thu, 12/18/2008 - 18:18